Putting ministers in their place!

July, 2015

  • If the job of a minister is to be equated in corporate terms, it would be like a non-shareholding/non-executive chairman of a group of companies.
  • To be a minister, neither is management competency nor subject specialisation a pre-requisite (only a handful do!)
  • If so, they should be confined to high level policy making and in doing so they need to consult subject experts and not make ego-based decisions.
  • To achieve significant socio-economic progress, Sri Lanka needs independent, professional and empowered management of its State institutions, which has been progressively weakened and the vacuum filled by ‘Politicians’.
  • Capacity building is a must, but is a long-term process.